Construction jobs are among the most dangerous in the country. EHS Today lists them among the top 10 most dangerous jobs in the county. What is even more disturbing is that such a large portion of them are fatalities. The increased risk of construction site injury comes from working at significant heights, being struck by equipment, and the use of heavy equipment.
There are also a large number of accidents due to violations of OSHA Standards, with falls being the most-cited type. There are also lawsuits due to being exposed to toxic substances while on the job. When filing a claim for a construction site injury, any safety equipment you were using/wearing at the time should be included in the lawsuit. This equipment was supposed to be designed to protect you. When it fails, the manufacturer can be held liable.
The Large Number of Construction Site Fatalities
As more construction companies fail to comply with recommendations, it is easier to end up with more fatalities than with other types of work sites. The large equipment and difficulty in communicating effectively with other workers puts worker at a higher risk. When a fatality occurs, the victim’s family has the right to file a personal injury suit to get financial compensation for the loss of their loved one.
On the other hand, a construction site injury that is serious can result in an accumulation of high doctor and hospital bills and the loss of income when the worker is unable to work. Too often, situations like construction site negligence, electrical injuries or improper use of equipment can result in injuries that have a negative impact on the rest of the individual’s life.
When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney
Laws differ in each state pertaining to worker’s compensation and the ability to claim compensation for an injury you receive on the job. If you are injured or a loved one is involved in a construction site injury or fatality, you should call our offices to learn more about the laws and what your rights are to make a claim. There are specific circumstances that determine when a construction site injury is due to the negligence of the construction company and when it falls under the heading of worker’s compensation.
Our personal injury attorneys have worked in the specialized field of law that uniquely qualifies us to represent clients who meet the criteria of a negligent injury or fatality. You should never assume that the only compensation you can get for your construction site injury is what you get from worker’s comp. The laws are very complex and you may have rights to compensation that you are not aware of. Start with a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case and learn what your options are for pursuing a personal injury case.